Donor Privacy and Confidentiality Policy

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc.  (BBBS Tampa Bay) respects the privacy of its donors and prospective donors and understands that it is of paramount importance to maintain the trust and confidence of the entire BBBS Tampa Bay community including, but not limited to, all donors (online and otherwise), prospective donors, sponsors, partners, employees, and volunteers.  BBBS Tampa Bay created this Donor Privacy and Confidentiality Policy (“Policy”) to provide transparency as to our practices, policies, and procedures for the collection, use, and protection of information that is provided to us by donors and prospective donors (“Donor-Related Information”).


Protecting the confidentiality of Donor-Related Information is an essential part of the work done by BBBS Tampa Bay.  All Donor-Related Information that is obtained by BBBS Tampa Bay is handled on a confidential basis except as otherwise disclosed in this Policy or except as disclosed when the Donor-Related Information is provided to BBBS Tampa Bay. All BBBS Tampa Bay staff having access to Donor-Related Information sign a confidentiality pledge and are expected to always demonstrate professionalism, good judgment, and care to avoid unauthorized or inadvertent disclosures of Donor-Related Information.  BBBS Tampa Bay staff may share with donors, fund beneficiaries, and grantees information pertaining to their own gifts, funds, and grants.


Except as described in this Policy BBBS Tampa Bay does not otherwise disclose Donor-Related Information to any third parties, and we never sell, rent, lease or exchange personal information with other organizations. The identity of all who connect with us through any means including, but not limited to, our website, postal mail, and email is kept confidential. The use of Donor-Related Information is limited to internal purposes at BBBS Tampa Bay by authorized individuals, and to advance resource development efforts such as stewardship activities and additional appeals that require Donor-Related Information.

We have established and implemented reasonable and appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and ensure the proper use of Donor-Related Information. BBBS Tampa Bay secures the personally identifiable information provided on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. When payment information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected using encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Moreover, credit card numbers are not retained by BBBS Tampa Bay once processed.

Although we have implemented reasonable and appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of Donor-Related Information, our security measures may not prevent all losses and we cannot ensure that information will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Policy. In the event of such security failures or disclosures in contravention of this Policy, BBBS Tampa Bay will provide notice in a timely manner. BBBS Tampa is not responsible for any damages or liabilities resulting from such unauthorized disclosures.


Unless otherwise requested by the donor, the names of all individual donors may be printed in BBBS Tampa Bay reports and other internal and external communications. BBBS Tampa Bay will not publish the exact amounts of a donor’s gift without the permission of the donor though it may include the donor’s name in a listing by general dollar amount ranges (e.g., Donations under $5,000).


The names of donors of memorial or tribute gifts may be released to the honoree, next of kin, an appropriate member of the immediate family, or executor of the estate unless otherwise specified by the donor. Gift amounts are not released without the consent of the donor or as required by law.


When a donor requests that a gift or fund be treated as anonymous, the donor’s wishes will be honored outside of our own internal records.


BBBS Tampa Bay collects and maintains the following types of donor information when it is voluntarily provided to us by the donor or his/her designee:

  • Contact information, including name, organization/company affiliation, title, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, date of birth, family members, and emergency contact;
  • Donation information, including amounts donated, date(s) of donation(s), method, and other information provided;
  • Payment information, including credit card or debit card number, expiration date, security code, billing address, and other information necessary to process a donation or event registration;
  • Information on events and workshops attended, publications received, and special requests for program or volunteer information;
  • Information concerning events and hours volunteered; and
  • Donor requests, comments, and suggestions.


BBBS Tampa Bay complies with all federal and state laws in the use of Donor-Related Information.

We use information obtained from donors and prospective donors to maintain records of donations, to respond to donor inquiries, to comply with the law or with any legal process served on BBBS Tampa Bay, for IRS purposes, to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, to develop strategies and present gift proposals, to issue donation acknowledgments, to understand donors’ interests in our mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities, to inform planning about who receives future fundraising appeals, to organize and promote fundraising events, and to inform donors of relevant programs and services through newsletters, notices and direct mail pieces, and to analyze our website usage.

Our contractors and service providers sometimes have limited access to Donor-Related Information while providing products or services related to gift processing and acknowledgments. Such access is subject to confidentiality obligations covering this information. Moreover, access to Donor-Related Information by these contractors and service providers is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the contractor or service provider to perform its limited function for us. For example, donations may be processed through a third-party service provider, and our donors’ information will be shared with such service providers to the extent necessary to process the donation.

BBBS Tampa Bay may also use Donor-Related Information to protect against potential fraud. We may verify with third parties the information collected while processing a gift, event registration, or other donation. If donors use a credit or debit card on a BBBS Tampa Bay website, we may use card authorization and fraud screening services to verify that the card information and address match the information supplied to us and that the card being used has not been reported lost or stolen.

Finally, we may compile Donor-Related Information in general categories of giving such as Individual Giving, Corporate Giving, Board Giving and so forth for internal and external reports to our board of directors, funders and others who track our overall agency performance, but excluding any names or other identifying information of the donor unless it is already public information.


Donors and prospective donors may ask to be removed from our email, mailing, or phone lists at any time. If you determine that information in our database is inaccurate or it has changed, we encourage you to notify so to modify your personal information by emailing us at or by calling us at 813-769-3650.


As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, BBBS Tampa Bay relies on private support, applying the majority of each dollar contributed to our mentoring programs. In connection with BBBS Tampa Bay’s fundraising activities, Florida requires us to advise that a copy of our financial report is available from them.

A copy of the official registration of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and its financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling Toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the State of Florida or online at Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. Tax ID # 59-217-3085